Penne is a pushy gal. She is big. She is bold. She loves her food. Her single mindedness about food gets her into a bit of trouble, with me anyway. She doesn't see it as trouble, she sees it as just another obstacle to get to what she wants. Food glorious food. If you have goats you know food pushiness. Now picture that in a huge body. If I am carrying feed she is all over me trying to snatch a bite. I am always having to push her away so I can move forward. She would not be a llama for a first time owner. My friends are scared of her. But I have noticed that a lot of people are scared of my llamas. Something about their eye, they say. And nobody wants to be spit on even though my llamas have never spit on anyone. I think I was spit on only once and that was when I was removing the hair that Penne wanted to hang on to. Now Koo is the total opposite. He is the perfect gentleman. He knows the meaning of "personal space."
I was told when Penne arrived at my house that one of her previous owners (and she's had a few) was sending her to the slaughterhouse and darned if that pushy girl wouldn't get on the truck so they gave up. Her pushiness comes in handy when she needs it the most. I try to remember that. I can't imagine anyone wanting to send her to the slaughterhouse but she may have drove them to it.
Pushy Penne has another annoying habit of pushing on the fences. She has already loosened the wire on my nursery pen from pushing on it. Did I mention Penne is pushy? So I have had to put her in with the goats to keep her from pushing the fences and pushing me around. The first thing Penne did when I put her in with the goats was stand in their water, after I filled it with clean water, dragging dirt and gunk in on her foot. Goats love clean water. They hate it if the dog drinks out of it let alone have a stinky footed llama stand in it. The second thing she did, being that the goat pen is farther away from the food, is do a few body slams to the fences. I heard a distinct crack and sure enough she broke one post off at the ground level. Pushy Penne will have to stay in the goat pen whether she likes it or not. The goats have pushy down to a science so they don't mind, and she has been given the job of protecting the goats. She will just have to get used to it.
My friend won't come feed my animals when I'm gone if she isn't.